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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 6, 2012 For Ye:dfiva University grad, video career Maccabeats medicine By Helen Chernikoff New York Jewish Week NE YORK--What a dif- ference a year makes. Last January, Uri Westrich, 26, was a first-year medical student at Mount Sinai, slaving away over Anatomy and Biochemistry and wondering, in the back of his mind, if he was on the right path. Today, he's a working film- maker, counting Sony and Bayer as his paying clients. He's filmed violinists Yitzhak Pearlman and Joshua Bell. The musicians who put him on the map, and where he is today, are the Maccabeats, the Yeshiva University a capella group that exploded last Chanukah when a video Westrich filmed for them went viral on the internet. Yet of all the Maccabeats, Westrich is the only one who's making a go of it in the en- tertainment industry. He's sacrificing medical school and wrestling with fears that his religious commitments might make it hard to succeed in the world of film and video. "My parents were not exactly thrilled," said Westrich, who graduated YU in 2009. Westrich posted that video, depicting the Maccabeats' goofy, Chanukah-themed cover of Taio Cruz's louche hit Dyna- mite, on a Friday right before Shabbat about a year ago. By Sunday night, it had received 50,000 hits (ultimately gar- nering more than six million views). By Tuesday, news outlets across the country were calling the band-and West'ich was struggling to balance interview requests with his lab schedule. By the next week, he had de- cided to take a leave of absence. "The video was the straw that broke the camel's back," said Westrich, who'd been feel- ing underwhelmed by medical school for a while. Filmmaking, on the other hand, had been a hobby of his since his yeshiva days in New Jersey. "I thought about pursuing it professionally, but it didn't seem like the responsible thing to do," he said, especially after he snagged a spot in the Hu- manities in Medicine Program, which gave him admission to medical school as a third- semester undergraduate. "When I got to YU, I didn't really know what I wanted to do, so I started on the premed track," Westrich said. "My father's a doctor. There's a lot of doctors in my family. I like science. So it seemed like a reasonable thing to do to start down that road when there wasn't really anything else that really interested me." But when the Maccabeats approached him to do "Candle- light," he couldn't resist. He has since directed all five of the group's videos. "I guess in psychological terms, itwould have been called 'acting out,'" Westrich said. "I felt stifled in medical school. I was still having doubts .... I channeled my energies into this other pursuit." Westrich is comfortable with his decision, generating enough income from film- making to support himself in an apartment with two room- mates in Washington Heights. He's met some observant Jews working in his newly chosen field and while he knows that conflicts might arise between his religious and pmfessionalobligations onabig production, he is determined for now to forge ahead. "I'm not going to stop do- ing this just because there's a chance that it won't work out," he said. "If the issue arises, I'll either resolve it or I'll leave." Helen Chernikoff is a staff writer for The New York Jewish Week, from which this article was reprinted by permission. C ook-()i00/l0000,gking for best recipes Readers are invited to enter Five finalists will corn- ances, cash and a crystal NetworkstarCIaireRobinson. their best family-friendly pete live in New York trophy. The deadline to enter is recipes in this year's na- City, for the $25,000 Contestantswillcompetein Jan. 15. For complete contest tional Man-O-Manischewitz grand prize, including front of a panel of judges led details, go to: www.manisch- Cook-Off. a series of Maytag appli- by the celebrity chefand Food OB .AR ES CHARLES BERNSTEIN Charles Bernstein of Or- lando, Fla., died on Dec. 26, 2011. He was 85 years old. He was born in New York on July 6, 1926, to the late Jacob and Kate Schultz Bernstein. He was a graduate of Queens College and the New York Universi School of Law. He also served in the Navy. In 1952, he married Roberta Dorfman, his wife of nearly six decades, who survives him. He practiced law in Garden City, N.Y., before relocating to Orlando in Febru- ary 2011. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Michael (Heddy) of Altamonte Springs; his daughter, Cindy Scottland of Orlando; his sister, Shirley Duzin of New York; and four grandchildren. He was prede- ceased by his brother, Robert Bernstein. Graveside services were held at Ohev Shalom Cemetery- Beth Am section, with Rabbi Rick Sherwin officiating. Donations in memory of Charles Bernstein may be made to Congregation Beth Am, P.O. Box 915756, Long- wood, FL.32791-5756 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. RUTH LONG Ruth Long of Maitland died onThursday, Dec. 22, 2011. She was 82 years old. Mrs. Long was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Jan. 17,1929 to the late Gustave and Fannie Mendel Solomon. She was a homemaker who moved to Central Florida in 2008 from Middletown, R.I. Mrs. Long is survived by her sons, Neil (Laura) of Maitland, and Bruce (Jane) of Middletown, R.I.; her daughter, Janice Long of Gulfport, Miss; her sister, Jean Eisner of East Brunswick, N.J.; and two granddaughters. Funeral services and inter- mentwere held in Rhode Island. Services were entrusted to Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando. LEE ROSEN Lee Rosen of Brooklyn, N.Y., died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. She was 95 years old. Mrs. Rosen was born in New York City to Sam and Rose Rosen. She had four siblings, Abe, Louie, Rita and Sylvia all of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Rosen graduated from Steward High School and took some drama classes at Colum- bia University. Her brother Abe introduced her to the "love of her life" Jack Rosen say those close to her, and they were married for more than 50 years until his death in 1989. She was also preceded in death by her son, Ronald (Ar- lene). She is survived by her son, Harris, of Orlando; and seven grandchildren. Donations may be made in honor of Mrs. Lee Rosen to the Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando, Jack & Lee Rosen Southwest Orlando Campus, 11184 S. Apopka- Vineland Road, Orlando, FL 32836. EUGENE STANLEY ARONOVITZ Eugene S. Aronovitz of Delray Beach, Fla., died on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. Hewas 84 years old. Mr. Aronovitz was born in Miami on Feb. 4, 1927 to the late Abe and Rosie Goldstein Aronovitz. His family is among the original Jewish families to settle in Florida, beginning in Key West. Mr. Aronovitz was a merchandiser in the food industry. Mr. Aronovitz is survived by his sister CariArnvitz fDel- ray Beach; and his half-sister, Edith Genden of Pennsylvania. Services were entrusted to Beth ShalomMemorial Chapel, Orlando. v E m E R u S Answers from 12/30/2011 C A B L E E I O m 79 1 6 1 352 Sudoku (see page 18 for solution) 8 25 5493 8 9 6 518 2 352 4 ) StatePoim Media , Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9. 7 6 PAGE 7A Central Florida Synagogue Service Schedule and Directory Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conse/vative/Egalitarian), services Monday-Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m. - national holidays); 2nd floor Chapel - Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N: Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday sched- ules shown at; 407-566-9792. Chabad Lubavitch of North Orlando (O), 39 Skyline Drive, Suite 1017, Lake Mary, 407-878-3011,; services: 2nd Friday of every month, times vary depending on the week. Please call to find out service schedule for that particular week. Chabad of South Orlando (O), 7504 Universal Blvd., Orlando, 407-354-3660;; Shabbat services: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; services, Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m. Chabad of the Space & Treasure Coasts (O), 1190 Highway A1A, Satellite Beach, 321-777-2770. Congregation Ahavas Yisrael/Chabad (O), 708 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland, 407-644-2500; www.chabadorlando.og; services: Sunday, 9 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.; Shabbat services: Friday, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Family service, 4th Friday of the month. Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 426 Lakeport Cove, Casselberry, 407-830-7211;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:30 a.m. at Emeritus in Lake Mary. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862-3505;; Shabbat services: Friday, 8:00 p.m. (7 p.m. on Fourth Friday of the month); Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 MeadowlaneAve.,West Melbourne, 321-779-0740; Shabbat services, 1st & 3rd Friday, 8 p.m.; 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. Congregation Beth Emeth (R)12205 Blue Sapphire Circle, Orlando, 407-855-0772; Shabbat service: monthly, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel (Rec), Collins Resource Center, Suite 303, 9401S.R.200, Ocala,352-237-8277;; Shabbat service, second Friday of the month, 8 p.m. " Congregation Beth Sholom (R-C), 315 North 13th St., Leesburg, 352-326-3692;; schedule of services on website. Congregation Beth Shalom (Progressive Conservative), Orange City congregation holds services at Social Hall of Our Lady of Lakes Church, 1310 Maximillian St.,Deltona;386-804-8283;www.mybeth- shalom.corn; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 403 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174;; Shabbat services: Friday, &p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, 386-672-9300; Shabbat services Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. Congregation of Reform Judaism (R), 928 Malone Dr., Orlando, 407-645-0444; Shabbat services, 7 p.m. 1st Friday; 8 p.m., 2nd and 3rd Fridays; 6 p.m., 4th and 5th Fridays; Saturday: 10 a.m. Congregation Mateh Chaim (R), P.O. Box 060847, Palm Bay, 32906, 321-768-6722. Congregation Ohev Shalom (C), 613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland, 407-298-4650;; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.; Junior Congregation., 10:00 a.m. Congregation Or Chayim (Rec), Leesburg, 352-326-8745; egrae@ hotmaiLcom; services last Friday of each month at 3:30 p.m. at vari- ous private residences. Congregation Shalom Aleichem (R), 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kis- simmee, 407-935-0064;; Shabbat service, 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month, 8 p.m. Congregation of Shaarei Yerushalyim (O), 9869 Kilgore Rd., Or- lando, 407-928-8972; services: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Shabbat services: Friday Minha, 7:30 p.m.; Kabbalat Shabbat 8 p.m., Saturday 9:30 a.m. Congregati6n Sinai (C/R), 303 N. S.R. 27, Minneola; 352-243- 5353;; services: every Friday, 7:45 p.m.; Healing Service, first Friday of the month, 7 p.m. Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation/Ohalei Rivka (C), 11200 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando, 407-239-5444; Shabbat service, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Temple Beth El (R), 579 N. Nova Rd., Ormond Beach, 386-677-2484. Temple Beth Shalom (R), P.O. Box 031233,' Winter Haven, 813- 324-2882. Temple Beth Shalom (C), 40 Wellington Drive, Palm Coast, 386- 445-3006; Shabbat service, Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. Temple Beth Shplom (C), 5995 N. Wickham Rd. Melbourne, 321-254-6333;; Shabbat services: Friday, 5:50 p.m.; Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Minyan, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:00 a.m. Temple Beth Shalom (R), 1109 N.E. 8th Ave., Ocala, 352- 629-3587; Shabbat services: Friday, 8 p.m.; Torah study: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. Temple B'nai Darom (R), 49 Banyan Course, Ocala, 352-624-0380; Friday Services 8 p.m. Temple Israel (C), 50 S. Moss Rd., Winter Springs, 407-647-3055;; Shabbatservices: Friday, 7p.m.;Saturday, 9:30a.m. Temple Israel (R), 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Melbourne, 321- 631-9494. Temple Israel (C), 1400 S. Peninsula Ave., Daytona Beach, 386- 252-3097; Shabbat service, 8 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. Temple Israel of DeLand (R), 1001 E. New York Ave., DeLand, 386-736-1646; Social Hour, 6 p.m.; Friday Shabbat service, 7 p.m. Temple Shalom (formerly New Jewish Congregation) (R), 13563 Country Road 101, Oxford, 352-748-1800; www.newjewishcongrega-; Shabbat services: Friday, 7:30 p.m.; last Saturday of the month, 9:30 a.m. Temple Shalom of Deltona (R/C), 1785 Elkcam Blvd., Deltona, 386-789-2202; Shabbat service; 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. Temple Shir Shalom ofOviedo (R) Services held in the EPICenter at University Carillon United Methodist Church, 1395 Campus View Court, Oviedo, 407-366-3556,; Shabbat services: three Fridays each month, 7:30 p.m. Traditional Congregation of Mount Dora (T) Mount Dora, 352- 735-4774;; services: second and fourth Fridays and Saturday of the month. (R) Reform (C) Conservative (0) Orthodox (Rec) Reconstructionist